The Chief of the Whole Christian Doctrine

“This article, how we are saved, is the chief of the whole Christian doctrine, to which all divine disputations must be directed. All the prophets were chiefly engaged upon it, and sometimes much perplexed about it. For when this article is kept fast and sure by a constant faith, then all other articles draw on softly after, as that of the Holy Trinity, etc. God had declared no article so plainly and openly as this, that we are saved only by Christ; though he speaks much of the Holy Trinity, yet he dwells continually upon this article of salvation to our souls; other articles are of great weight, but this surpasses all.”

– Martin Luther, Table Talk, p. 234

Captive to the Word of God

“Since then Your Majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by Scripture and by plain reason–I do not accept the authority of the pope and councils, for they have contradicted each other–my conscience is captive by the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.”

– Martin Luther, Here I Stand, quoted in the Holiness of God, p. 117-118